Blogs

America Has Never Loved Poetry More

Poetry is no longer something we curl up to with a cup of tea. Instead, we take it in through earbuds. And America has never loved it more. One hears a certain baleful cry regularly in writerly circles that Americans don’t care about poetry anymore. A widely read Atlantic piece by Dana Gioia in 1992 was a signature statement.

Native, New Arts Publication From UK

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, a £7 million fund created to support collaboration between organizations — supported by the Arts Council England along with the organizations Nesta and Arts & Humanities Research Council — have begun a new publication, Native: Magazine of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Though digital is the word here, there is a limited print edition that you can request (presumably on a per-issue basis). Both describe the projects being funded currently by the publisher as well as features profiling people and organizations, including a piece about Diane Ragsdale.

Indiana Mayor Drives the Remaking of an Indiana City

From Keith Schneider, for The New York Times:

The Arts and Design District set the stage for much of Carmel’s development over the last decade. Since 2005, just over $70 million has been invested by the city and private developers in nearly 300 new residences and dozens of new businesses that encompass almost 900,000 square feet of renovations and new construction, according to city records. The district is anchored by the $25 million, 156,000-square-foot Indiana Design Center…
State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Appropriations Preview

NASAA is pleased to announce the release of the State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2015.

Member Spotlight on the Arts & Science Council

During the months of July and August, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Culture connects people and strengthens communities. With the public and private sectors investing more than a billion dollars in arts, science, history and heritage since 1977, cultural development has played a significant role in the growth, globalization and long-term economic prosperity of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and the work of the Arts & Science Council (ASC).
Retiring GIA Board Member Judi Jennings Feted in the Louisville Courier Journal

"Changing the course of conversations has been at the heart of Jennings' work at the foundation and her career with philanthropic organizations.Over that career, she has become widely known in arts and social justice circles for focusing conversations on the power of art in empowering women and disenfranchised populations.

Register for the GIA 2014 Conference in Houston

GIA members and other grantmakers can now register for the GIA 2014 Conference online! As planning for the 2014 Conference in Houston continues, the conference website will hold complete and detailed information on the schedule, plenary speakers, and special events happening on the conference dates of Sunday, October 12-15. Details of eligibility and online registration are there, as well. See it all at conference.giarts.org.

Arts Midwest Releases a Major Case Study on ArtsLab

Arts Midwest has released Capacity building and resilience: What participants learned through ArtsLab featuring a summary essay and profiles of eight organizations participating in the program that provides key insights on leadership development and takeaways for grantmakers that inform both the field of organizational development, as well as the larger field of arts and culture.

Rebecca Blunk, Former Executive Director of NEFA, 1954-2014

Rebecca Blunk Of Brookline and Provincetown, died on June 22, 2014, at the age of 60. She was the beloved spouse of Marcie Hershman for 27 years. Born in Kansas to Robert and Katherine Blunk, sister to Scott and Judd, she moved to Boston in 1985 to be the director of performing arts for the New England Foundation for the Arts; in 2004, she became NEFAs Executive Director and for the past ten years worked regionally, nationally and internationally; accomplishments include the National Dance Project, Native Arts programs, National Theater Project, and Center Stage.

Report Says Seattle Is The Most Generous City

From Patrick Sullivan, at The NonProfit Times:

The people of Seattle gave more online per 1,000 residents in 2013 than residents of any other city, at a rate of $53,542 per 1,000 residents. Residents generated $33.2 million from 201,502 donations. Those are some results from the Most Generous Online Cities 2013 report, produced by Charleston, S.C. software firm Blackbaud.